Since 1971, CSPI has been a strong advocate for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy, and sound science. Its award-winning newsletter, Nutrition Action Healthletter, with some 900,000 subscribers in the United States and Canada, is the largest-circulation health newsletter in North America. Founded by executive director Michael Jacobson, Ph.D. and two other scientists, CSPI carved out a niche as the organized voice of the American public on nutrition, food safety, health and other issues during a boom of consumer and environmental protection awareness in the early 1970s. CSPI has long sought to educate the public, advocate government policies that are consistent with scientific evidence on health and environmental issues, and counter industry’s powerful influence on public opinion and public policies.

Current Opportunities for Center for Science in the Public Interest

Public Interest Internship Program (Spring, Summer and Fall)

Opportunity Type: Internship
Application Deadline: Various (Spring: December/January; Summer: February/March; Fall: July August)
Description: CSPI offers internships for a small number of qualified students in undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical schools each summer and during the school year. We also consider post graduates. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Please note the application review periods: Summer internships - Applications considered in February/March Fall internships - Applications considered in July/August Spring internships - Applications considered in December/January We are offering unpaid internships on a full-time or part-time basis. The specific dates of an internship are flexible and depend on our needs and the applicant's schedule. CSPI offers a collegial work environment and flexible schedule to accommodate your academic responsibilities and work-life balance. If your school offers academic credit for internships, we will work with you to meet your school’s requirements. We will also reimburse you up to $5/day for commuting expenses. Application materials should include the following: 1. A cover letter indicating issues of interest, future plans, and dates of availability. 2. A résumé. Experience with advocacy groups is advantageous. 3. Writing sample, if required by the specific project (one to three page document that demonstrates your ability to write in a clear and concise manner). Email to: (this is the preferred method) It's best to submit all of the requested documents at the same time. If your background and interests are a good match for our internship, we will contact you using the information you have provided. Due to the volume of applications we typically receive we are unable to provide additional information on our selection process to applicants who are not chosen for interviews. Please contact the Human Resources office if you have any further questions.

Contact Information

Center for Science in the Public Interest
1220 L St. N.W., Suite 300
Washington, 20005